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Chlamydia and HIV
Feb 22, 2007

Hi Doc

I had one-off sex with a girl while on holiday in SE Asia, Manila to be exact. although I used a condom, it burst and I managed to contract chlamydia.

I was treated for chlamydia but am very anxious about the possibility of an HIV infection.

Can you please tell me the odds of having HIV? I don't know the girl and wouldn't normally worry but the fact that I had chlamydia after probably a 10 second open contact kind of puts things on my mind.

donation will follow. many thanks and more power.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Chlamydia is much more easily acquired than HIV (thankfully!). The estimated per-act risk for acquiring HIV from unprotected (or broken-condom) insertive penile-vaginal sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV positive is 5 per 10,000 exposures. Your estimated risk would be less, due to the fact we do not know the status of your Manila-Mama and your contact was extremely brief (10 seconds). A single HIV rapid test at the three-month mark is all you need to put your worries to rest.

Thanks for your donation (www.concertedeffort.org). In return, I'm sending my best good-luck karma that your HIV test is negative (as I strongly suspect it will indeed be).

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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